Sales by small businesses over the all-important Christmas period were better than expected, with mineral-rich WA leading the way.
Michael Baker In his mid-80s classic hit You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon sings about a man walking down the street asking himself: “Why am I soft in the middle? The rest of my life is so hard.”
Last year, the buzzword in e-commerce was Groupon Inc and its myriad of competitors that offered daily online coupons to entice shoppers in a down economy.
Michael Baker The independent retail sector continued to steady in March at trading levels well above those experienced during the last Christmas shopping season.
Larissa Ham After a Christmas delivery season that broke all records, Australia Post has defended itself against claims of poor standards and parcels failing to arrive in time.
Michael Baker A new report on the impending entry of global fashion retailers into Australia will not make pleasant fireside reading for many domestic retailers this winter.
Michael Baker It's important to seek ideas outside the island occasionally. Here's where you can get the best bang for your educational buck.
Small business sales increased in May, but retail continued to suffer the weakest growth of all sectors.
Clancy Yeates Confidence among medium-size companies has edged up in recent months, and the sector continues to remain more optimistic than big and small business, a new report says.
Kelly Burke Trends predict Australia will face serious shortages in the health, education and engineering.
Clancy Yeates Spending at department stores slumps to its lowest in two years, as spending on food and cafes jumps.
A travel website has compiled a list of the world's weirdest places to part with your cash.
Michael Baker How magic hangers and other technology is changing the role of the traditional sales assistant.
Peter Martin Research into whether conditions have hit rock bottom is stunningly inconclusive.
Michael Baker Income growth and low unemployment suggest Christmas could bring the gifts retailers want.
Michael Baker Expanding capacity in the supermarket sector over the next few years may intensify competition and pressure margins at all food retailers.